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Hip Hop Album Sales: Christian Rapper NF Tops Billboard 200 & Lil Pump Hits #3

The latest Billboard 200 chart finds Christian Hip Hop artist NF sitting in the #1 slot with his new album, Perception. Lil Pump’s self-titled debut made its entrance at #3, just below Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Greatest Hits album for the week ending October 12. Trippie Redd makes his debut at #34 with A Love Letter To You 2, while Post Malone’s Stoney, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s The Bigger Artist and Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage 2 all hang in the Top 10.

Elsewhere on the chart, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. dropped out the Top 10 after a 15 percent decrease in albums moved. K. Dot’s double-platinum project was #9 last week.

Meanwhile, SZA, Khalid, XXXTENTACION, Drake, Kodak Black and Logic all maintain Top 20 placements.

NF’s Debut Is Heavenly

Christian rapper NF’s third studio album, Perception, has debuted in the #1 slot the Billboard 200. With 54,783 total album equivalent units (27,541 in pure album sales and a streaming count 21,092,927), it was enough to earn the crown. The Michigan native’s last album, 2016’s Therapy Session, peaked at #12.

Lil Pump Pumps It Up

With 46,184 total album equivalent units sold (6,149 in pure albums and a streaming count 56,807,624), the numbers for Lil Pump’s debut album have catapulted him to near the top the chart. The Miami native, who boasts 3.5 million follower on Instagram, has been steadily gaining notoriety since emerging with songs like “Lil Pump,” “Flex Like Ouu” and “D Rose” earlier this year.

Trippie Redd Makes His Debut

Trippie Redd’s A Love Letter To You 2 hit the chart at #34 with 13,306 total album equivalent units (1,347 in pure album sales and a streaming count  17,502,132). The Ohio rapper’s first installment, A Love Letter To You, yielded the single “Love Scars/You Hurt Me,” which has over 12 million views on YouTube.

Redd recently spoke to HipHopDX about his music, saying, “It’s mostly alternative rock, R&B, Hip Hop, all types shit just put together. I really just like … It’s my own subgenre. You can’t really put a name to it. I’m just versatile. I do everything.”

K. Dot Drops Out Of Top 10

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. has already been on the Billboard 200 chart for 26 weeks, debuting at #1 in April. For the week ending October 12, K. Dot’s fourth studio album sits in the #11 slot with 29,116 total equivalent units sold (4,549 in pure albums sales and a streaming count 33,394,393).

The Compton MC recently revealed his perfect verse can be found on the DAMN. single, “FEAR.”

Top 10 Billboard Top 200 Rap & R&B Albums For The Week Ending 10/12/2017

Note: The first number below is this week’s “total album equivalent units” count, an intersection album sales, single sales, and streams implemented by Billboard’s new rating system. A pure album sales figure is available in bold in parenthesis and information about each album’s streaming count is available in brackets.

  1. NF — Perception — #1 — 54,783 (37,968) 21,092,927]
  2. Lil Pump — Lil Pump — #3 — 46,184 (6,149) 56,807,624]
  3. Post Malone — Stoney — #4 — 44,693 (3,811) 55,735,596]
  4. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie — Bigger Artist — #6 — 38,989 (1,397) 54,663,563]
  5. Lil Uzi Vert — Luv Is Rage 2 — #7 — 36,759 (747) 52,071,772]
  6. Kendrick Lamar — DAMN. — #11 — 29,116 (4,549) 33,394,393]
  7. Khalid — American Teen — #12 — 27,954 (2,448) 34,598,046]
  8. XXXTENTACION — 17 — #14 — 24,357 (851) 33,884,604]
  9. SZA — CTRL — #16 — 21,965 (2,177) 27,691,830]
  10. Kodak Black — Project Baby 2 — #17 — 20,315 (408) 28,810,198]
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ZHU shares music video for Nero collab, "Dreams"

The NSFW quality & music video for their collaboration, “Dreams,” has managed to match — and perhaps exceed — the track’s ominous tone.

The music video for the track aligns with the single’s dark tone, showing piles unclothed human bodies stacked in piles, or alternatively, suspended in air, rising and falling in sync with the song’s slight builds and drops. An eerie production, the Dreams music video remains in ZHU’s shadowy wheelhouse.

After witnessing inaugural success in New York, ZHU’s Blacklizt party has another destination on its radar for New Year’s Eve. The Blacklizt bash will descend upon San Francisco, hosting sinister drops in time for the 2018 ball drop. The NYE event will kick f at 1015 Folsom at 10 PM on Sunday, December 31st, extending until 4 AM on Monday, January 1st. Those interested in ringing in the new year to the tune ZHU may purchase tickets to the event .

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Hip Hop Unites: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Diddy & More Come Together To Help Hurricane Victims

The world Hip Hop was well represented during Tuesday night’s (September 12) fundraising telethon, “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief.”

The one-hour broadcast – organized by Bun B and Scooter Braun – saw stars from all walks entertainment come together to help raise money for the victims Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, whose extreme weather has wreaked havoc through large parts Texas, Florida and the Caribbean over the past two weeks.

The live show – which was broadcast simultaneously by more than a dozen networks including ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC – featured appearances and special messages support from a variety Hip Hop stars, while Usher teamed up with Blake Shelton for a moving performance Ben E. King’s soul classic, “Stand By Me.”

Beyoncé, Drake and Will Smith all sent pre-recorded messages support, while Jamie Foxx, Justin Timberlake and Sean “Diddy” Combs all appeared live in the studio to encourage viewers across the nation to donate whatever they could.

A number Hip Hop personalities also joined other luminaries from the world entertainment to answer calls from people wanting to donate, including Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Questlove, Vic Mensa and DJ Khaled, who answered calls while his son, Asahd, sat on his lap.

HipHopDX recently spoke with longtime Texas residents Bun B and Mathew Knowles to get some detailed insight into Harvey from the front lines.

Watch the full show below.

You can help the victims Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma by calling 1 (800) 258-6000. Alternatively, you can donate $25 by texting “GIVE” to 80077. For more information, visit the Hand in Hand 2017 website here.

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The Electronic Music Awards will pay tribute to Techno music

The inaugural edition the is shaping up to be a monumental production. As the ceremony honors nominees and award winners alike across eleven categories designed to recognize producers and performers, the EMAs will additionally celebrate the minds that birthed techno the introduction The Detroit Dock, an arena that will focus specifically on the development Techno music. The Detroit Dock will feature performances from a variety techno artists, including , credited as the “godfather” Techno, DJ Delano Smith, as Floorplan, and The Saunderson Brothers.

The spearhead the techno musical movement, Atkins would forever alter the musical landscape not only Belleville, Michigan, but the entire music industry. Atkins’ product was pulled from a mix Chicago House, Funk, Electro, and Electronic Jazz elements, then gaining momentum as Atkins spun Techno as Cybotron, Model 500, and Infiniti, various aliases.

Despite techno’s wide ranging reach and continuing popularity as a specific sound, the genre attributes much its influence to Motor City, an accreditation that will be acknowledged the Detroit Dock — its DJ booth is situated on a loading dock to mimic the city’s industrial ties.

The Electronic Music Awards is an awards ceremony that differs from any other awards show. The event, slated to take place at Willow Studios in the Downtown Arts District in Los Angeles on September 21st, will forfeit acceptance speeches and commercial breaks for non stop dancing and performances. While the EMAS are open to the public RSVP , those unable to attend can still catch the awards show Sirius XM’s live stream, or alternatively, live on .

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Listen to Flume's hip-hop guest mix on Apple Music

is undoubtedly one modern music’s most intriguing tastemakers. After announcing last month he was “,” the artist’s now released a guest mix on where his sheen creative cognizance shines.

The guest mix showcases 11 his favorite new hip-hop tracks. Pulling from an eclectic, alternative array as opposed to the hot “mumble” mainstream craze, Flume draws on some praise-worthy lesser-known acts. In particular, the Texas-based Kevin Abstract led Brockhampton — a new kind self-proclaimed American boy band — as well as Simmie Sims, or Buddy, a rapper and singer from Compton who’s collaborated with ,, , and more. Hopefully, the playlist gives us an idea what to expect from his impending work. Until then listen to the guest mix 


  1. Love Scars – Trippie Reid
  3. Shine – Buddy
  4. With My Team – Creek Boyz
  5. On My Way – Reo Cragun
  6. Chamomile – Deem Spencer
  7. Romeo & Juliet – Trippie Reid
  8. Lights – wifisfuneral
  9. Find Me – Buddy
  10. Hunnid – Ryan Hemsworth, E-40 & Yakki
  11. Darksin Girls – Olukara & LoVibe



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BREAKING: EDC Las Vegas changes are here and they're HUGE – Dancing Astronaut


  • EDC Las Vegas has announced a number major structural and logistic changes set to take effect for the festival’s 2018 installment
  • EDC will occur a month earlier than in previous years, slated for May 18th-20th this year
  • EDC will fer extended festival hours, opening the festival with early-entry opening ceremonies
  • Insomniac has unveiled a new camping program that will allow festival goers to camp in GA and Premier tents. The brand will also allow ticket holders to bring their own RVs, or to alternatively rent RVs as a part the camping program
  • Long, previously problematic commutes should be less a problem, thanks to the short, walkable commute promoted by the camping program
  • Those that stay in hotels should also see a decrease in commute time, with construction on the 15 Freeway set to be completed prior to the festival
  • Tickets to EDC Las Vegas 2018 will go on sale on Thursday, September 28th at 12 PM PST
  • The festival will fer a new price tier and various layaway plans

The mystique that has shrouded ’s intended alterations to has evaporated, replaced by a newfound sense clarity as the founder finally revealed the nature his long advertised changes. Rotella has rolled out a highly transformative series adjustments to the festival, modifications that touch on the event’s dates, hours, ticket pricing tiers, and lodging options.

EDC Las Vegas will remain a one-week, three-day festival dispelling the widely entertained suspicion that Rotella might expand EDC’s Vegas edition to a multi weekend affair. The dates the festival have shifted for its 2018 iteration—the festival will notably return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but will do so from Friday, May 18th through Sunday, May 20th. EDC Las Vegas had previously been annually held in mid to late June. The acceleration the event’s dates production, however, may allete the excessive heat bemoaned by 2017 attendees.

While Rotella has not fered many details with respect to the amount time by which the festival will be extended, EDC Las Vegas will not only feature extended festival hours this year, but will begin with early-entry opening ceremonies.

The largest change in the structure EDC Las Vegas arrives in attendees’ lodging choices. Vegas ticket holders will have the opportunity to camp at the festival for the first time. Insomniac will present festival goers with the ability to take part in its inaugural camping program, where attendees may rent air-conditioned GA tents complete with dust-control canvas walls, artificial grass flooring, and electrical outlets to accommodate a six-camper maximum. The brand will also fer a VIP tent option, with the same dust-control canvas walls and grass flooring boasted by the GA tents. The swankier tents will differ from the GA tents in terms their amenities giving premier tent purchasers the option to enjoy twin or queen-sized beds, linens, pillows, towels, tables, chairs, and lights for two to four campers.

Festival goers may also bring their own RVs to the event, as Insomnic will provide RV owners with pre-arranged on-site power access. Those who would prefer to camp in an RV need not worry if they do not own one, as the festival will additionally rent fully outfitted RVs, complete with linens and pillows.

Insomniac’s new camping program is a response to the traffic woes the festival’s previous year, where traffic to the festival led to hours delays for many. The camping areas are intended to eliminate some the problematic vehicular traffic caused by EDC by fering campers a walkable and short commute to the festival.

Those who opt for the traditional hotel route should also hope to see their commute to the event shortened, as Insomniac has handed the reigns their EDC shuttle program over to an independent company responsible for some the nation’s “largest music and sporting events.” Anticipated completed construction the 15 Freeway near festival grounds will result in the installment three new lanes that should expedite the arrival process.

Insomniac concludes its comprehensive set changes to EDC Las Vegas with minor alterations to the ticket purchase policy. Tickets to the festival will go on sale Thursday, September 28th at 12 PM PST. Ticket purchasers will enjoy newfound access to a wider range ticketing tiers and layaway plans. Early Owl GA 3-day passes will begin at $325, whereas VIP 3-day passes start at $699.

Those that do not obtain Early Owl tickets will be able to buy festival passes from the newly instituted Wise Owl tier, where 3-day GA passes will appear at $340. A final tier, the Later Owl tier, awaits those who will buy their tickets at a later date, fering 3-day GA tickets for $355. All ticket types will feature layaway options. Insomniac will provide more details on the layaway options as the ticket sale date approaches.



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Watch HipHopDX's Live Screening Of Logic's "1-800-273-8255" Video & Q&A

Hollywood, CA – HipHopDX is proud to bring our readers a special live screening Logic’s “1-800-273-8255” video and a post-airing Q&A from NeueHouse in Hollywood, California. Viewers can watch Twitch or Facebook Live on Tuesday (August 29) at 7 p.m. PST. Actors Luis Guzman, Nolan Gould, Coy Stewart and Mickaëlle X. Bizet join director Andy Hines and producer Andrew Lerios in the Q&A session.

Logic’s single, which features Alessia Cara and Khalid, has brought a tremendous amount awareness to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. On the day the song’s release, the hotline received the second highest daily call volume in its history.

The music video has only helped to keep the suicide prevention anthem on people’s minds. Acclaimed actor Don Cheadle stars as the father a young man struggling with his sexuality. The video has well over 16 million views as August 29.

“Since the song’s release, the lifeline website has gained an extra 100,000 visitors per month,” Shari Sinwelski, Associate Director the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, said during the Q&A. “And on Sunday, in the hours immediately following the VMA Awards, we saw a 50% increase in calling.”

While music videos occasionally feature well-known actors, Logic’s boasts quite a few. All the cast members on the panel, including veteran character actor Luis Guzman, explained how the subject matter brought them to the project.

“There’s something going on in our society and, you know, people need to be loved,” Guzman said. “People need to be held, people need to be heard because there’s a lot pain out there and it doesn’t have to be that way. And this project, this song, this mindset … we can save lives and give people alternatives to checking out.”

Although everyone involved was ecstatic to see the video be such a success, it was far from expected. Director Andy Hines described how overwhelming the response has been and how rewarding it is to make an impact.

“It’s significantly more than I had anticipated,” Hines said the video’s ability to increase awareness for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. “I sort have an ongoing sentiment that if you can do something like this, that if you can reach even just a handful people … Or people say if we help one person, we made a difference, and I certainly believe in that myself. But hearing the actual numbers, I personally hadn’t anticipated that kind response. But at the same time, I knew Logic has a really incredible fan base and he has a wide audience. And I knew they’re very passionate about what he does. They share the same ideals I do with him peace, love and positivity.

If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, contact the Lifeline the aforementioned phone number or their website.

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Parookaville proves itself as a true European festival contender

Something special just happened outside Düsseldorf: Germany’s largest electronic music festival, . The festival just had its third annual anniversary, and it was, in a word, insane.

Parookaville proves itself as a true European festival contender

Founded in 2014, Parookaville has had great success in delivering the world’s biggest DJs straight to Germany’s largest dance music scene. This year, the ground served home to more than 80,000 attendees, complete with 10 stages and more than 200 artists on the lineup.

As one Europe’s largest electronic music festivals, it was interesting to compare the experience here to that American festivals. In comparing a festival like Parookaville to something like or even , some obvious differences were apparent.

One big difference seems to be drug use. I don’t know if it’s Germany’s love  beer as an alternative, but I was shocked at how few drugs were being consumed at Parookaville. Speaking solely for American festivals, almost every attendee can share some kind story by weekend’s end where they witnessed someone at the festival deep in a “K-Hole” or heard a friend buying “fake molly.” In Germany, however, I did not witness a single person noticeably intoxicated on drugs. After making a note this at the end the day one, I chalked it up to “Germans love beer” and maybe I just didn’t see enough the festival yet. Stiff security, maybe? Wrong. Parookaville had some the most lax — yet most pressional — workers I’ve ever seen at a festival. Aside from a group friends who posed as “stage crew,” only to be almost immediately busted during the artist’s set, the weekend went without any major hiccups. Note to “stage crew”: if you’re going to make it in, don’t give yourself up by jumping on stage and trying to dance with . Parookaville provided a fun and safe atmosphere for all, and it was so memorable. Music lovers came out to truly listen and enjoy.

Parookaville provided a great environment for a festival, combining both immaculate and historic grounds, with a stacked and diverse lineup. Parookaville proves itself as a true European festival contenderWhile the lineup was techno-heavy, it catered to many other genres electronic music as well, including what possibly might be one the most epic bass-heavy stage days we’ve seen yet, thanks to BOOTSHAUS. Check out the lineup (at right) just for Saturday alone.

If you’re looking for that festival “second-wind” in an industry that is always searching for new and fresh material, Parookaville is the answer. In their third installment, they truly have built something special in the hills  Germany.

One major thing to note about Parookaville was the stellar production quality their live stream and set replays. Quite honestly, this may be the best-looking live stream I’ve ever seen. From the camera work to the quality the stream, I haven’t seen many that can compare with the job their production team did this year. Bravo! MagentaMusik 360 provided full coverage for Parookaville 2017 and a select number set replays can be found .

To get your tickets for Parookaville 2018, click .

Check out set highlights on ‘s Instagram, and view .

Parookaville proves itself as a true European festival contender


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Porter Robinson's seminal 'Worlds' is now three years old – Dancing Astronaut

Three years ago this month, unleashed an iconic collection songs that for many defined an era electronic music.

Robinson released on Aug. 12, 2014. The 12-track compilation, highlighted by standout tracks like “” and “,” topped the charts that year and was enthusiastically received by Robinson’s fan base and the dance music scene alike.

Worlds, Robinson’s debut studio-length album, marked a shift — somewhat unexpectedly — in his music from heavy electro to a more alternative form electronic music. Tracks like “” brilliantly showed the influence Japanese culture had on Robinson’s work, while “” with Urban Cone delivered more a synthpop feel to the album. Fans previous emotion-packed hits like “” weren’t totally lost in this new feel from Robinson, however. Worlds elegantly emulated the beauty Robinson’s music and perfectly showcased his incomparable emotive style.

What’s perhaps more interesting is the fact that Worlds represented a massive left turn for the producer at the time. Up until its release, he was something an electro house wunderkind. To so aggressively abandon that sound for something else, something pioneering would in and itself be an accomplishment artistic growth. To pull it f so astoundingly, however, raises Worlds and Robinson himself into another stratosphere was a musician.

Since Worlds, Robinson has kept busy. The release “” with French producer , its , and the accompanying tour had Robinson flying all over the globe performing a glorious blend his and Madeon’s music, much to the delight fans who have been vying for the two to work together for years.

From “” in 2010 to the wild Shelter tour, Robinson has proven time and time again that his music mastery knows no limits. At only 25 years old, the producer is sure to thrill us for many years to come.

Revisit the quintessential album below.

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